First & Last Name Jeff Pankoke
Company RED Custom Homes & ACRE Design +
Title/Occupation Owner/Principal Structural Engineer
Phone 531-249-1715
Tell us about your family. My wife Mindy and I have two kids together, Eve who is 11, and Wes who is 9. We also have two 12-year-old Labs Ellie and Lovec. We spend most of our time running around to practices and games or hanging out in our backyard.
What would be the theme song of your life right now? “I Ain’t Worried” by One Republic
What are you currently reading or listening to? Jack Reacher series
Name a recent movie you watched that blew you away? Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
What are you currently binge watching? The Winter King
Best restaurant you’ve ever been to? Nothing can compare to my grandma’s house.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steak
Favorite place you’ve traveled? The mountains in Colorado. Snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Firefighter
Where are you from? Where did you go to school? I am originally from Lincoln. Elementary school is Morley, Lux for middle school and East High.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? I was able to travel to Cuba with my brother’s soccer team in 1999.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? Invincibility/Invulnerability
When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time? Going to my kids sporting events and traveling with family
Who is someone who’s made a big impact on your life? Why? My wife of course. She pushes me to be better each day and puts up with me which can’t be easy. Her ability to work a full day, keep up with our kids’ activities, and keep us all organized and moving is pretty awesome.
If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why? One of my kids. Who doesn’t want to be a kid again and just enjoy the simple things in life.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? Stephen Schwarzman
What do you love the most about your job? Solving problems and seeing designs from plans come to life.
What experiences and past roles have led you to where you are today? I grew up in an area where a lot of new houses were being built which first started my interest in the construction of buildings. Then in my high school CAD class, I learned more about the design industry, and since I was better at math than design I decided to go into Structural Engineering.
What career advice do you live by? Who gave it to you? “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
What’s one skill you’d like to develop or sharpen this year? Delegation. I never knew how hard it was to let other people help you.
How long have you been a member of HBAL? 5 Years
How has your career benefited from being a member of HBAL? It has allowed us to connect with like-minded people and is a great place to learn from one another to keep pushing our industry forward.
What is your favorite HBAL event and why? Parade of Homes because it has been a family event for me for years before I joined HBAL. Great way to spend Mother’s Day.
Any tips or advice for new HBAL members? Ask questions of your fellow members. This will lead you not only to the answers you are looking for but new relationships.

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